Homeschool blog

Farewell Summer

I am going to miss the dog days of summer: relaxed mornings, impromptu trips to the pool, old movies, and good books. Our family has enjoyed the Mid-Continent Summer Reading Program and checked out several old movies. We had forgotten how much we enjoyed TinTin. I’m not longing to return to the routine of school. Alas, it is time to get back to business. After all, routine is a good thing, right? Fortunately, as a homeschool family, we enjoy flexibility. We are going to ease into school. Schedules are great, but routines work best for our family.

Summer Staycation

For Mother’s Day, my family gave me National Parks: A Kid’s Guide to America’s Parks, Monuments, and Landmarks by Erin McHugh. It included a nice cardboard display portfolio for the “America the Beautiful Quarter Collection”. The US mint started a new quarter collection series in 2010 highlighting National Parks in each state. The first quarter in the series features the Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas and will conclude with the Alabama Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site in 2021.

Spelling Secrets for Success

On a regular basis, I discuss with my students why it is so difficult to learn how to spell our language correctly. Read this article with your children entitled “Enuf or Enough? Why Is English Spelling So Random?” (May 2014 article from I have personally struggled with spelling my entire academic career...elementary school through graduate school. That is why I am so very thankful to live in the age of automatic spell check as an adult! I still associate spelling with frustration, anxiety, and tears.

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